Aston Martin Vantage review – MPG and running costs

Adoption of the Mercedes engine means better than expected efficiency, although it loves a drink when you push it

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from £120,900
  • Strong performance, decent ride and engaging chassis
  • Feels big, messy cabin switchgear

It’s unlikely that those dropping the best part of £130k on a car are going to be having sleepless nights over the cost of a refill, but for the completists here are the numbers. So, Aston states 263g/km CO2 emissions and a 24.3mpg return at the pumps. You’ll have to treat the latter with a pinch of salt, as low 20s is more realistic with gentle use.

With such aggressive geometry at both ends, and a penchant for torque, budgeting for a new set of the Vantage’s Aston Martin-specific Pirelli P Zeros every eight to 12 months is a worthy enterprise.

After living with one on the evo Fast Fleet for six months, we can also confirm that while the powertrain and transmission are largely bulletproof, some of the Aston Martin-specific changes do have a lead-on effect. The Vantage’s single-opening front end design doesn’t appear to have the same efficiency in cooling the inherently hot-running V8 engine (it is called a hot-V, after all).

Over our experience, aside from a sticky passenger-side window, the only other issue we had was a fault with the coil packs, which were replaced under warranty.

On the plus side, Aston is offering the Vantage with a complimentary five-year servicing package, which should take the sting out of maintenance bills and help the residual values.

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